A leading aspirant under the platform of People’s Democratic Party (PDP), in the 2021 gubernatorial election in Anambra state, Mr. Valentine Ozigbo, has decried the high debt profile of Anambra State under the leadership of Governor Willie Obiano.
Ozigbo, quoting the Debt Management Office in a press conference, said the state’s debt profile has risen by 1,600 percent since Obiano became governor of the state.
He added that what was more annoying was that the infrastructure on ground in the state was not commensurate with the humongous sum already borrowed since 2014.
He said, “Anambra’s debt profile under this government has risen by 1,600 per cent since this administration came in 2014. For bankers like us, we like to make meaning of numbers.”
Ozigbo, who is the immediate past president of Trans-National Corporation, Transcorp, said he was in the race to lead Anambra to the path of greatness again, insisting that if Anambra makes a mistake in the next election about who governs her, she will regret it for many years.
“I’m here (governorship race) because I want our story to change. I am here because I’m not satisfied with the status-quo. We need to change the way people look at politicians, we need to change the way people see Anambra. I’m convinced that I have the capacity to bring the kind of change we yearn for.
“I want to be the answer to the prayer of the poor masses for a good leader. I have the capacity, and not just my ability to do it alone, but being personally authentic and the humility to admit what I do not have, and what I do not know.
The problem we have is that we have too many people who think they know it all. What I don’t know, I know where to get someone who knows it. I have emotional intelligence skill that will enable me to harness the innate values and inspire people to greatness. I am grateful to God for it.
“I want to tell Anambra people that we must be careful in choosing the next governor of the state. If you enthrone incompetency in the next person that will be governor, it will be a recipe for disaster.”
The businessman turned politician said he is coming to governance with a rich private sector experience, with a strong determination to fix Anambra State. He said fixing Anambra would entail first giving Onitsha its befitting place as a commercial hub of the south-east, insisting that Onitsha held the key to the development of the south-east, economically.
The ex-banker also pledged to support Igbo agenda across South East and beyond, noting that “Igbo are fundamental in changing the Nigeria scenario, and Anambra state is positioned to play a leading role. I’ll work for regional development and integration of Igbo man in the country to give Igbos sense of belonging.
“Anambra needs a competent and transformational leader to fix the mess, to catch up with the rest of the world, and by God’s grace, I’m eminently equipped with competency, capacity, respect, compassion and ability to navigate through the myriad of issues bedevilling our dear state”.